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two whooping cranes flying over trees and water in the wild
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Whooping Cranes


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Grus americana


Canada to Texas Gulf coast

Location in the Zoo

Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands

Cool Animal Fact

Whooping cranes are monogamous and form pairs around two or three years old. A pair bond develops through a variety of courtship behaviors including unison walks, unison calls, and courtship dances. Once paired, whooping cranes breed Once paired, whooping cranes breed seasonally and start nesting at approximately four years of age.

How We Help Save Them

  • The Zoo provides support and resources to protect whooping cranes and their wintering grounds in Texas.

How You Can Help

Donate to save whooping cranes in the wild.


Visit the Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas every February to celebrate the yearly return of the whooping cranes to their wintering habitat.